Jan 11th, 2010 @ 8:50 am | Author: Doug Anderson
Dr. Margaret Dahlberg has been named to the role of Vice President of Academic Affairs for Valley City State University (VCSU). In this role, she will serve as the Chief Academic Officer responsible for fostering, encouraging, supporting and implementing academic strategies that advance student learning.

Dr. Dahlberg was initially named Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs in April, 2009 following the resignation of Dr. Joseph Bessie. After a nationwide search was conducted, VCSU president Dr. Steven Shirley announced that Dr. Dahlberg would continue serving in the role until after the fall semester of 2009 at which point he would reassess the situation and determine whether to make the assignment permanent or to re-open a search. In December, he announced the decision to make the appointment permanent.

Dr. Shirley said, "In reviewing the list of criteria critical to this role and considering the efforts and accomplishments Dr. Dahlberg has made since her initial appointment, it is clear we have the correct person in the position. She has brought a great sense of energy, dedication, leadership, and focus to the VPAA position, and I look forward to VCSU's momentum continuing with her in this important role."

Her accomplishments while serving as the Interim VPAA have been significant. At the time she was initially appointed, VCSU was in the midst of the record flooding of 2009, and the University was forced to finish the final weeks of the semester entirely online. Dr. Dahlberg worked closely with faculty and staff to deliver the semester's on-campus courses to students via online technology, enabling students to complete the semester without returning to campus. She worked to gain approval for new educational initiatives including the Prairie Waters Education and Research Center, a new unit at VCSU that provides teacher training, K-12 outreach programs, training of resource professionals, and field research related to North Dakota water resources, and a new concentration in English Language Learners (ELL) for VCSU's online Master of Education program. She is presently one of the leaders of a task force developing a new 5-year strategic plan for the University.

Dr. Dahlberg has been on the VCSU faculty for 13 years serving as professor of English and Chair of the Communication Arts Department. She has lived in Valley City for a total of 20 years and taught violin for 10 years for the Community School of the Arts. Her academic efforts at VCSU actually began when the University was named Valley City State Teachers College (VCSTC) - she attended its Model School while her father, H.O. Pearce, served as its superintendent. She has three sons who all attended VCSU: one graduated from VCSU in 2008, one attended VCSU as a dual credit student while in high school, and one is currently enrolled. She holds a B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Dakota.

Valley City State University (VCSU) prepares people for life through visionary leadership and exemplary practices in teaching, learning and service. VCSU is nationally acclaimed for attracting and retaining talented individuals who advance quality learning opportunities and economic growth through technology and innovation.